Listen to a lecture by T. Desmond Alexander entitled From Eden to New Jerusalem. (Immanuel Church Dublin)
Listen to an episode of Reformed Media Review entitled From Eden to the New Jerusalem. (Reformed Forum)
Why does the earth exist? What is the purpose of human life?
The Bible—a complex literary anthology—answers life's most fundamental question in its remarkably unified story, which centers on a unique deity. T. Desmond Alexander explores this story by beginning at the end, in the final chapters of the book of Revelation. Anticipating the creation of a new earth and a new heaven, these chapters bring to fulfillment a process that began with the creation of the earth as described in the opening chapters of Genesis. These passages frame the biblical "meta-story."
This stimulating study outlines the central themes of the Bible, with broad brushstrokes designed to show the general shape of the meta-story. With the big picture illuminated, we are able to discover each book's contribution to the whole. Appreciating these themes, which were an integral part of the thought-world of the biblical authors, will significantly alter our reading of individual books.
Good theology always has pastoral implications, and this study is no exception. The truths revealed are extremely important for shaping our lifestyle choices.
About the Author
T. Desmond Alexander (PhD, Queen's University, Belfast) is senior lecturer in biblical studies and director of postgraduate studies at Union Theological College, Belfast. Previously, he lectured in Semitic studies at the Queen's University in Belfast, and was director of Christian training for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. he is the author of From Paradise to Promised Land.
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: October 2009
ISBN 10: 0825420156
ISBN 13: 9780825420153
"This is thematic biblical theology at its best. Dr. Alexander has done us all a great service in providing this succinct, inspirational, and compelling examination of some of the great themes of the Bible. In doing so he gathers up many different threads in the biblical story and shows with skill their interrelatedness, their fulfillment in Christ, and their consummation in the New Jerusalem. Rich pickings in a short space!
- Graeme Goldsworthy